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Софийският театър „Аполо” (1908 – 1909) кинематографична дейност, филмов репертоар и продуцентски опити
Sofia Apollo Theatre (1908–1909): Cinematic Activity, Film Repertoire

Author(s): Peter Kurdjilov
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The name of Sofia Apollo Theatre rarely occurs in the historiography of Bulgarian cinema, due perhaps to the fact that almost next to nothing was known about its activities, though movies were shown there at least one month earlier than the beginning of December 1908, when Modern Thea- tre opened doors in Sofia, known to be the first stationary cinema theatre in Bulgaria. Among the newsreels shown at Apollo there proved to be such that have been shot here in 1908 and 1909. Furthermore, one of those featuring the celebrations at the Military School on 2 May 1909 in Sofia is said to have been “made and produced by Apollo’s runner, Mr. Gaydusek”. It was the latter, whom the author of this publication succeeded in identifying after years of research to establish the spell, when the theatre was functioning, to ‘dig up’ part of its repertoire, to bring to light details of his endeavours of a producer that assigned him the role of a trailblazer among his contemporaries in the field of filmmaking activities... Dr. Peter Kurdjilov gives these alongside many little known or even unknown facts about the earliest film history of Bulgaria.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 18-25
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian